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Cheapest Cars to Repair and Maintain

This week, I wanted to alert you to a new study done by RepairPal.com, showing the cheapest and most expensive cars to repair and maintain, based on actual repair and maintenance data compiled by the service.

For example, when looking at small cars, the Toyota Corolla is expected to have $341 in annual repair and maintenance costs, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI will have double that - $760.

See below for the cheapest and most expensive cars by category.

Cheapest to Repair & Maintain

CategoryVehicleRepairPal ScoreAverage Annual Cost
Small carsToyota Corolla21$341
SedansHonda Accord21$351
Sports CarsFord Mustang27$454
Compact SUVHonda CR-V22$385
Full-Size SUVNissan Pathfinder24$406
MinivanHonda Odyssey24$403
Pickup TruckToyota Tacoma23$398

Most Expensive to Repair & Maintain

CategoryVehicleRepairPal ScoreAverage Annual Cost
Small CarsVolkswagen Golf GTI43$760
SedansMercedes C30068$1,094
Sports CarsMercedes SL63 AMG85$1,962
Compact SUVPorsche Cayenne72$1,200
Full-size SUVMercedes GLS6385$2,009
MinivanKia Sedona26$455
Pickup TruckRam 350073$1,244





3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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